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Old Apr 28, 2011, 4:13 am   #11
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Re: Essentials for mushrooming

Bret, I read somewhere that dogs will fight and the loser runs off if it can.
But a wolf will only lose a fight once. The one in which it dies.

Don't know if it's true or not, but make a great saying anyway. lol
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Old Apr 28, 2011, 11:56 am   #12
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I don't own a gun or a fish pole, so I'm not carrying those. In 26 years of morel hunting, I've never encountered a Coyote, Wolf or Bear.
I do carry a good jackknife, a compass, a walking stick, a couple extra collecting bags for the motherlode, bug repellant (and sometimes head netting), cell phone (with a built in GPS that I need to learn how to use this week), some food, a water bottle, and maybe an extra jacket if it's likely to rain or get cold out. I think I'll also bring a head-mounted flashlight in case of darkness this year. I do about 50% of my hunting solo, but most of my "up north" hunts are with others. And I am the designated navigator. My mental GPS seems to get me almost directly back to my car every time...
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Old Apr 28, 2011, 12:28 pm   #13
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I never encountered any problems with bears, coyotes or wolves or anything before until last summer.......when I lived up north, I used to trapse around the woods all by myself with no protection all the time. I was in the woods a lot....fishing, hunting, shrooming, etc and never had a problem but last summer changed my perspectives. I talked to a buddy of mine and they killed 26 Coyotes by one road alone near the place where I was chased and he said some of those coyotes were hybrids. I don't take things for granted, I know I may never have to use my pistol and I hope that I don't but if I have to protect myself, I have it with me now.

When I lived up in Houghton Lake, quite a few years ago when they passed the law making it illegal to own a wolf or wolf hybrid in Michigan, a lady had over 20 husky/wolf mix hybrids that were mostly wolf and she let every single one of them loose into the wild and they are surviving up there now. I have seen them personally and they are huge and not scared of people at all.
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Old Apr 28, 2011, 12:37 pm   #14
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Sidearm? I just sling my AR-15 over my back.
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Old Apr 28, 2011, 12:54 pm   #15
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lol, that is hilarious! My uncle has a 50 cal desert eagle that he carries......I laughed when I saw that........I laughed even harder when he started sweating after about a mile into the walk :D

I guess the DNR are expecting the pig population to explode in michigan in the next few years so it may come in handy in the future LOL! Seriously, my aunt told me when she lived just outside of Lansing that a bunch of wild pigs tore up the lawn at a Burger King....freaky.......I live in Tuscola county and they are averaging between 2 and 5 wild pigs every year just in our county alone......mmmmm pork :)
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Old Apr 28, 2011, 2:05 pm   #16
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Jeff never carried his pistol until recently. We've seen numerous bear and bobcat in the area we hunt the most, so we're a bit more skeptical about that 'snap' we hear behind us now. ;)

Camera is a must, as is a compass, bug spray, head net, h2o, net bag, basket, shroom stick, knife, tissue...but mostly a smile...
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Old Apr 28, 2011, 6:08 pm   #17
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Mesh bags, knives, rain gear, compass, Mt.Dew, snacks, camera, tp, first aid kit, flint and steel firestarter, headlamp, machete.
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Old Apr 29, 2011, 2:00 pm   #18
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I used to take my .45 when HUNTING morels but now I take my .410 I hit a lot more that way. Ha just joking
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Old Apr 29, 2011, 7:27 pm   #19
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Gotta have pickled bologna, no mushrooming trip is complete without pickled bologna!!!
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Old Apr 30, 2011, 2:19 am   #20
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Good one Matt. 410 huh? Light loads?
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